The “Mother of Modern Dance” Martha Graham on Andy Warhol

Artsy Editorial
Jun 22, 2013 2:14PM

Honored for an impact compared to that of “Picasso on painting, Stravinsky on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture,” Martha Graham— “the Mother of Modern Dance”—quickly caught the eye of yet another revolutionary artist, Andy Warhol, who created work based on a selection of her best ballets. “When I first met Andy, he confided to me that he was born in Pittsburgh as I was, and that when he first saw me dance ‘Appalachian Spring’ it touched him deeply,” Graham said. “He touched me deeply as well. He was a gifted, strange maverick who crossed my life with great generosity. His last act was the gift of three portraits he donated to my company to help my company meet its financial needs.”

At right, watch a clip of Graham’s ballet ‘Lamentation’, and find the ballet-inspired works in Artsy’s featured sale, Andy Warhol: Polaroids and Limited-Edition Prints.

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